This solar-powered Tesla could be the future of electric cars

Electric cars are only as green as their power supply, and in Australia that’s not very green at all.

Only 24% of the country’s energy comes from renewables, while the vast majority comes from fossil fuels such as oil, coal and gas.

But as the green car revolution begins, an Australian inventor looks skyward for a renewable, portable charging solution.

“We take a vehicle to the most remote parts of Australia and load it with lightweight technology that can generate electricity from sunlight,” says Paul Dastoor, professor of physics at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales.

“It strikes me that this is actually an ideal test bed to give us insight into how we would use and power technology in other remote places – for example, in space. “

Can you power a Tesla from the sun?

To test his theory, Dastoor will use 18 specially designed solar panels to power a 15,000km journey around Australia in a Tesla electric car.

The printed panels offer a lightweight solution to conventional solar cells, allowing the energy system to be rolled up and stored in the rear of the vehicle.

And at just €7 per square meter, they offer a cheaper alternative also.

“As for the Tesla, it will be the same as plugging into any wall outlet it would normally plug into,” says Dastoor. “He won’t know that the energy comes from printed solar cells.”

The innovative panels are produced on commercial printers originally used for making wine labels. Dastoor hopes the Australian-made product will inspire people to think again about the potential of solar power.

“The fact that we show a You’re here rolling around Australia, powered by the very new Australian solar technology, it’s going to do a lot to raise the profile of solar energy,” Dastoor continues.

“I think people want that. I think the community is looking for those kinds of answers to the issues that are presented to them, day in and day out, around climate change.”

What does Elon Musk think of the project?

The Charge Around Australia (CAA) team will visit 70 schools during their 84-day journey, giving students a taste of what the future holds.

Asked about the founder of Tesla, Elon MuskDastoor remains optimistic about its support for the project.

“I hope that if he found out, he would be very happy,” adds the professor.

“It shows how our innovative technology combines with its developments to provide new solutions for the planet.”

Watch the video above to learn more about the solar-powered Tesla.

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